- South African Covid-19 death toll edges closer to 1 000 as country enters lockdown level 3
- The Western Cape remains remains the epicentre of the virus, with 65% of all the country's cases
- Doctor warns that alcohol impairs judgement and social distancing could be a thing of the past
South Africa has entered lockdown level 3, which allows a further reopening of economic activities and schools. Level 3 also allows for the sale of alcohol and South Africans have wasted no time flooding liqour outlets.
While people all over the country are celebrating the opportunity to be able to buy alcohol again, the Department of Health's latest Covid-19 statistics paint a grim picture. As of Sunday, the 31st of May 2020, South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases were 32 683, with 683 deaths.
The Western Cape, the epicentre of the virus in the country, has 21 382 cases, which makes up 65% of all the cases in South Africa. There have been 40 Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, as the death rate edges closer to 1 000.
The recoveries to date are 16 809, which translates to a recovery rate of 51.4%. As the country enters lockdown level 3, which allows the sale of alcohol and sees the reopening of schools, South Africans have warned of the danger of alcohol. A medical doctor said alcohol sales will result in a lack of social distancing.
One Twitter user argued that being at the bottle store on a cold winter morning alludes to an alcoholism problem:
A Public Health Medicine Registrar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Velile Ngidi, said that public behaviour would determine whether Covid-19 infections decrease or increase during lockdown level 3. 18.3% of all the Covid-19 cases are South Africans under the age of 40.
It remains up to the people to respect the regulations set by the government to curb the spread of the virus.
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